"Future Maverick" Program

South Central College and Minnesota State Mankato Announce “Future Maverick” Program

(March 4, 2015) South Central College (SCC) and Minnesota State University, Mankato announced a partnership today that will result in guaranteed admission and a smooth transition for students transferring from SCC to Minnesota State Mankato who meet designated criteria.

South Central College President Dr. Annette Parker and Minnesota State Mankato President Dr. Richard Davenport today signed an agreement making the “Future Maverick” program at SCC official. 

“We’re very pleased to be making this announcement today with South Central College,” said Davenport. “Minnesota State Mankato and SCC have a longstanding tradition of working together, and this ‘Future Maverick’ program exemplifies how Minnesota State Colleges and Universities institutions are collaborating to serve the students in our state.”

For the past year, a Minnesota State Mankato advisor has been available at SCC a few days a month to work with transfer students. The signing of today’s agreement will formalize and expand on these services. Under the Future Maverick agreement, students who complete their 2-year associate in arts (AA) degree at SCC’s North Mankato and Faribault campuses and meet academic requirements will be able to seamlessly transfer to Minnesota State Mankato to complete their bachelor’s degree.

“For many years, our liberal arts and sciences students have been able to earn their AA degree at SCC and transfer these credits to MSU to pursue their bachelor’s degree,” explained Dr. Parker. “What this agreement does is make this transition even easier for the student, with SCC and Minnesota State Mankato advisors working in coordination to help the student create a successful pathway from one institution to the next.” 

The Future Maverick program will also enable some students to be admitted to both institutions simultaneously. With joint admissions, students may concurrently enroll in courses, as well as access advising, other services and student life activities at both institutions.

The two institutions will also coordinate their recruiting efforts in SCC’s geographic region, with joint Future Maverick outreach materials and presentations. Additionally Minnesota State Mankato will encourage applying students who have not met their admission requirements to start their college careers at SCC through the Future Maverick program. 

Both South Central College and Minnesota State University are part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

"One Day Without Shoes" at SCC

On April 29, South Central College students, faculty and staff will continue their annual tradition of going barefoot as part of the national One Day Without Shoes. The initiative was established by TOMS “One for One” to raise global awareness for children’s health and education.

The South Central College bookstores on both the Faribault and North Mankato campuses have organized the effort since 2011. Participants will gather at the bookstore on the Faribault campus and the student lounge on the North Mankato campus at Noon on April 29 for the hour-long Barefoot Walk.

More than just a one-day initiative, the bookstores have encouraged the donation of shoes throughout the month of April. Shoe donations will continue to be accepted at both bookstores through May 2. In appreciation for the donation, the bookstores are offering 30% off an apparel item for each pair of shoes donated.  Shoes collected in Faribault will go to Ruth’s House, and those donated in North Mankato will go to The Reach and Connecting Kids.



South Central College (SCC) is a comprehensive community and technical college that is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU), with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato. SCC has more than 50 technical career and professional programs, with a variety of Certificate and Associate degree options. The college also offers a liberal arts and sciences curriculum that enables learners to earn an Associate in Arts degree from SCC before transferring to complete a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. SCC is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator.

$1.1 Million TRiO Grant Received

South Central College Receives $1.1 million Grant to Support Student Success

(July 28, 2015) South Central College (SCC) has received its second TRiO Student Support Services grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The five year $1.1. million grant provides $220,000 each year to provide individualized services that assist underrepresented students achieve academic success. The program at SCC will benefit 140 students each year.

“The TRiO program has been incredibly successful for these students and rewarding for all of us at South Central College,” said Dr. Annette Parker, President of SCC. “To see these students realize their strengths and then learn how to use these strengths to meet their personal and academic goals is an inspiration to us all.”

The grant period runs from September 2015 – August 2020. This is the second TRiO grant awarded to SCC. The previous grant, which ran from September 2010 – August 2015, was such a success that the college received 15 extra “Prior Experience” Points (the maximum allowed) added the scoring of their current grant application. The extra points were based on SCC’s ability to meet and exceed the previous grant’s objectives every year, including the following most recent performance in the 2013 -14 school year:

TRiO Student Support Services Grant


Grant Approved Rate SCC Attained Rate
Student Persistence       71%      81%
Good Academic Standing       90%      94%
Degree or Certificate Completed       35%      51%
Degree and Transfer to 4 Year Institution       25%      33%
140 Students Served     100%    100%

SCC also earned three additional “Competitive Preference Priority Points” added to their current grant application. The points came from SCC’s successful proposal for ways to improve effectiveness of coaching using an “evidence based proactive advising” model designed to increase student success.

For more information about the TRiO program at South Central College, visit


"Why Treaties Matter" Exhibit at SCC

Exhibition Focusing on Native Nations in Minnesota and the History of Treaty Making at SCC through September 10

(August 27, 2015) - “Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations” is a new traveling exhibition that explores the Native nations in Minnesota and their history of treaty making with the United States. The exhibit will be on display in Heritage Hall on the North Mankato campus of South Central College located at 1920 Lee Boulevard until September 10.  The exhibit is open to the public each Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am - 5 p.m. and Tuesday from Noon - 6 p.m.              

This exhibition is part of a statewide tour with visits to campuses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system under the auspices of the Minnesota Humanities Center and its partner, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council. In August 2010, a resolution creating a unique partnership of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. was approved unanimously by the tribes residing in Minnesota and made it possible for the exhibition to be developed as an educational tool for Minnesota audiences. 

Dr. Amy Magnus, a MnSCU-accredited American Indian Studies instructor at South Central College, believes the exhibit provides a valuable learning experience. “Tribes have had to vigorously defend treaty rights against arguments that treaties are archaic documents with no contemporary purpose,” said Magnus. "These treaties are still in effect within Minnesota’s boarders and an ongoing part of Minnesota’s future. Understanding our shared past is key to moving forward into this future.”

Naomi Anywaush, who is Dakota and a member of the Upper Sioux Community, took Magnus’ Native American Perspectives class two semesters ago. “Treaties are still a reality for my family and other tribes today. Through the class and my own life experiences, I have learned the treaties and cultures of many different Native American tribes and the affects they have on them still today.” Anywaush, who was also the 2011-12 Upper Sioux Princess, has relatives who are featured in a video that is part of the exhibit titled, “A Day in the Life of the Minnesota Tribal Nations.” 

This exhibit reveals how Dakota and Ojibwe treaties with the U.S. government affected the lands and lifeways of the Indigenous peoples of the place we now call Minnesota, and explains why these binding agreements between nations still matter today. It is meant to share important cultural information with all Minnesotans, that they may better understand the true circumstances surrounding Minnesota land, its use, and even the treatment of the land’s Indigenous peoples today.

"Treaties are agreements between self-governing, or sovereign, nations," says Kevin Leecy, chairman of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe and chairman of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council. “Native Nations existed long before the formation of the United States. European powers recognized the sovereign status of Native Nations when they made treaties with us, as did the United States. Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution recognizes Indian Tribes as distinct sovereign entities on par with foreign nations."

“In order to create the vibrant Minnesota of the future we need to understand the importance of the agreements - the treaties - between the sovereign Indian nations and the United States,” says Minnesota Humanities Center President David O’Fallon. “Understanding these treaties is important now - it affects how we live - and will shape the future.”

For more information on the exhibit at South Central College visit and for the overall exhibit itinerary visit

South Central College Contact:  Shelly Megaw, 507-381-0404, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Minnesota Humanities Center Contact: Elizabeth Fei, 651-772-4244, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Minnesota Indian Affairs Council Contact: Annamarie Hill, 651-296-0041, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


About the Minnesota Humanities Center

Founded in 1971, the Minnesota Humanities Center is a nonprofit organization. The Humanities Center is a resource of the state of Minnesota and affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Minnesota Humanities Center works to build a thoughtful, literate, and engaged society through education, partnership, and public programs.

About the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council

The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council was established in 1963 MN Statutes Chapter 888, Sec. 2 (3:922). The Council is a liaison between the State of Minnesota and the 11 tribal governments in the state. The Council provides a forum for and advises state government on issues of concern to urban Indian communities. The Council administers three programs designed to enhance economic opportunities and protect cultural resources for the state's American Indian constituencies.

About the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian

Established in 1989, through an Act of Congress, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is an institution of living cultures dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of the life, languages, literature, history and arts of the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere. The museum includes the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall; the George Gustav Heye Center, a permanent museum in lower Manhattan; and the Cultural Resources Center, a research and collections facility in Suitland, Md.

About South Central College

South Central College (SCC) is a comprehensive community and technical college that is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato. The college’s Liberal Arts and Sciences programs offer an Associate of Arts degree and new Associate in Fine Arts degree, which provide students with an opportunity to take their first two years of college at SCC before transferring to Minnesota State University, Mankato to complete their Bachelor’s degree. SCC also offers 40 technical programs, with these students benefiting from expert technical instruction, along with liberal arts and sciences courses in areas pertinent to their particular career area. SCC is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator.

$15 Million Grant awarded to MN Advanced Manufacturing Partnership led by South Central College

3,000+ students and numerous manufacturers will benefit

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced today the recipients of its Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant, with South Central College receiving $15 million for advanced manufacturing education. South Central College applied for the grant in July on behalf of the Minnesota Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (MNAMP), a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) consortium of 12 colleges and a Center of Excellence:

  • South Central College (lead college)
  • Century College
  • Dakota County Technical College
  • Lake Superior College
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College
  • Normandale Community College
  • Northland Community & Technical College
  • Ridgewater College
  • Riverland Community College
  • Saint Paul College
  • 360° Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence (Bemidji State University)

“A TAACCCT grant once again being awarded to our state community and technical colleges affirms the critical role our campuses play in preparing graduates to meet Minnesota’s workforce needs,” said MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone. “This is what we do for communities and employers across the state. We’re able to leverage the power of a network of 31 colleges and universities to provide more education to more Minnesotans.”

The MNAMP consortium was created to help close the “skills gap” in the state by implementing a structure for advanced manufacturing education that emphasizes a standardized core curriculum, along with employer-driven apprenticeships and cooperative education opportunities. The grant project focuses on the fields of mechatronics, machining and welding. Participants will be able to earn stackable, portable industry-recognized credentials (certificates, diplomas, degrees), while simultaneously working in the industry. They will also be able to enter academic programs at multiple points based on assessment results that match individual skills.

The grant targets unemployed, underemployed and dislocated workers; incumbent workers; and other adult learners and underrepresented groups. Traditional students are also eligible. The program is expected to benefit more than 3,000 students and hundreds of manufacturing companies throughout Minnesota. Many Minnesota manufacturers, industry and workforce organizations and the Minnesota Center for Engineering & Manufacturing Excellence have stepped up to partner with these colleges.

“Our South Central College staff and faculty, along with our MnSCU partner institutions, have worked diligently to create momentum in capitalizing on this national movement toward workforce education opportunities for our students and employers in Minnesota,” said Dr. Annette Parker, President of South Central College.

MnAMP directly builds on South Central College President Dr. Annette Parker’s work on President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) 2.0 Steering Committee, a cross-sector national effort to secure U.S. leadership in the emerging technologies that will create high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance America’s global competitiveness.